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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The U.S. Capitol Building, October 17, 2002.

The article by Alam Fram and Jennifer Agiesta ("Poll: Support up for raising taxes on rich," Dec. 6) telling us that there is widespread support for raising taxes on the rich is troubling. Of course people who are not rich would go along with a plan to raise taxes on the rich. Using the votes of those who pay little or no federal income taxes to force the rich to pay the lion's share of taxes is un-American (taxation without representation). If the rich were allowed to vote on the proposition, I would have no problem with it. Of course, it is not popular to defend the rich and you can get little sympathy from the average person.

The one thing that I cannot understand is that the tax increase proposed for the top one or two percent would pay for less than 10 days of government spending. It will not solve our fiscal problems.

If I belonged to this small minority, I would sue the government under the equal protection clause of the Constitution. How can the government single out a small minority and punish them with higher taxes, even if that minority is composed of rich people?

Blaine McCann

Pleasant Grove